Soon, TN to have Ayush University

Chennai: A Bill seeking to set up Ayush University in Tamilnadu was tabled by Health Minister Ma Subramanian in the State Assembly on Wednesday.

According to the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill the Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) medicine systems have rich traditions and literature.

‘Scientific validation of the medicines of Siddha and other traditions needs to be further researched to be successful all over the world, so that the benefits can reach the entire humanity’, it said.

‘In order to develop Siddha and other systems of Indian medicines and homoeopathy, giving due importance to research, the government considers that a separate university may be established for the purpose,’ it said.

The sages of Tamilnadu and those in other parts of India had traditional knowledge of the functioning of human body and the methodology to cure illnesses, and the Siddha tradition was developed by the Siddhars in Tamilnadu, it said.

Similarly, Ayurveda and Yoga were evolved throughout India, while the Homeopathy and Unani traditions, though initially evolved outside India, have assimilated themselves into Indian culture, it said.

In the 2021-22 budget, the Finance Minister had announced that Rs two crore would be allotted initially for the establishment of a separate Siddha medical university for Indian systems of medicine.

Subsequently, in his reply to the demand for grants for his department in 2021-22, the Health Minister had announced that a separate Siddha university for Indian systems of medicine would be established near Chennai.

The introduction of the Bill for setting up an Ayush University was in line with the announcements made by the two Ministers.